State & Regional News

July 14, 2014 - 7:40am
5 days 18 hours ago

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A woman swept from her car amid fast-moving water managed to get help to her husband and toddler still inside the vehicle after it went off the road and into a rain-swollen creek in southwestern Ohio.

Clearcreek Township Police Chief John Terrill says water carried the woman for more than a mile after the 6:30 a.m. accident Monday on state Route 741. He says she reached a farmhouse and authorities were able to find her husband and 3-year-old child...

July 14, 2014 - 6:53am
6 days 8 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati say a man was arrested after driving to a hospital and threatening to shoot down a medical helicopter the next time it flew over his property.

Police say 56-year-old Leonard Pflanz drove to Mercy West Hospital on Sunday, yelled at the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care pilot and threatened to shoot down the aircraft.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that Pflanz was arrested and...

July 14, 2014 - 6:36am
6 days 10 hours ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Trustees at Ohio University have stepped in after the Internal Revenue Service said the school's president must pay taxes on the free, on-campus lodging provided for him.

An ongoing IRS audit of OU found that President Roderick McDavis should pay taxes on his free residency in the 7,000 square-foot university-owned house in the heart of the Athens campus.

The university's board of trustees voted last month to cover the unexpected...

July 14, 2014 - 6:16am
6 days 10 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An autopsy is scheduled after a 42-year-old man suffered a fatal fall from a two-story roof in northwest Ohio.

The Lucas County coroner's office said Curtis Fisher died after falling while helping friends work on a roof at about 4 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

The coroner's office says no...

July 14, 2014 - 6:04am
6 days 10 hours ago

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are going to have a live, barking, panting mascot when they take the field this fall.

Kevin Griffin, the Browns vice president of fan experience and marketing, tells a Cleveland radio station that the team will have a bullmastiff named Swagger leading the players onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( reports that for years the team has had just costumed...

July 14, 2014 - 5:40am
6 days 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are still falling and are well below the national average.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.47 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 9 cents cheaper than a week ago — and 41 cents lower than a month ago in the Buckeye State.

Monday's national average was $3.61, which is 4 cents lower than a week ago. And it's just a penny higher than the...

July 14, 2014 - 3:16am
6 days 10 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Catholic educators will focus on the partnerships between grade schools and universities in a day of discussions and presentations in southwest Ohio.

The University of Dayton is hosting its third annual Catholic education summit Monday, with some 140 people expected to take part on campus. The school says 16 archdioceses and dioceses will be represented, from as far south as Nashville, Tennessee, and as far north as Hamilton, Ontario. Loyola of...

July 14, 2014 - 3:02am
6 days 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More drunken driving offenders could be required to have devices installed on their vehicles to test their sobriety under an Ohio bill.

The proposal would require the ignition interlock devices for offenders if a judge grants them driving privileges during their license suspensions.

The devices require drivers to blow into a sensor. They would prevent vehicles from starting if a certain amount of alcohol is detected. The systems...

July 13, 2014 - 4:42pm
6 days 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a Columbus man has been killed and an unidentified woman is in critical condition after both were shot on the city's East side.

Thirty-nine-year-old Michael L. Cumberland was found dead around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the front porch of a Berkeley Road home. A second victim, who was female, was found inside the residence and transported to Grant Medical Center Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.

Police have...

July 13, 2014 - 2:53pm
6 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across most of Ohio, as well as in parts of neighboring Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The National Weather Service issued the watch Sunday afternoon, effective through 8 p.m., with storms expected to intensify throughout the day and evening. It includes all but the upper northwest corner of Ohio, as well as southeast Indiana, north central Kentucky, western Pennsylvania and northern West...

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